A local 12 year winning streak at La Ruta de los Conquistadores was finally snapped last weekend when Thomas Frischknecht (Swisspower) became the first foreign rider to win the three-day event. The Marathon World Champion bounced back from a disastrous second stage, when three flats on the final descent caused him to lose 15 minutes to Costa Rican Marvin Campos (IBP), and drop to second in the standings - more then seven minutes back.
The final stage, at 126 kilometres, was the longest, but also has the least climbing - 1785 metres. The riders started the day with nearly 7400 metres of climbing in their legs from the previous two stages. Frischknecht worked with Jeremiah Bishop (Trek-VW) and defending champion Paolo Montoya (Santa Ana) isolate Campos from his team and then ride far enough away from him to win.
Read all three days of La Ruta de los Conquistadores race reports, photographs and results here.